1917 Michigan State Normal Normalites football team

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1917 Michigan State Normal Normalites football
Conference Independent
1917 record 3–4
Head coach Elton Rynearson (1st season)
Captain Andrus P. Wilson
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The 1917 Michigan State Normal Normalites football team represented Michigan State Normal College (later renamed Eastern Michigan University) during the 1917 college football season. In their first season under head coach Elton Rynearson, the Normalites compiled a record of 3–4 and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 111 to 80. Andrus P. Wilson was the team captain.[1]

In the summer of 1917, previous head coach Elmer Mitchell resigned to accept a coaching position with the University of Michigan. Elton Rynearson was hired as his replacement in July 1917. Rynearson was 24 years old at the time and had been coaching previously at the Polish seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan.[2] Rynearson served 26 years as the school's head football coach, compiling a record of 114–58–15 (.648), and his teams outscored their opponents, 2,574 to 1,415.[3]


Date Opponent Site Result
October 13 at Michigan freshmen Ann Arbor, MI L 0–18
October 17 at Assumption Windsor, ON W 28–0
October 20 Central Michigan (rivalry) Ypsilanti, MI W 63–0
October 27 Olivet Ypsilanti, MI L 0–19
November 3 at Alma Alma, MI L 0–27
November 10 Michigan Agricultural freshmen Ypsilanti, MI L 7–13
November 24 at Hillsdale Hillsdale, MI W 13–3


  1. ^ "2015 Eastern Michigan Football Digital Media Guide" (PDF). Eastern Michigan University Football. pp. 160, 170. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rynearson Is Chosen: Athletic Star to Succeed Mitchell at Ypsilanti". Detroit Free Press. July 25, 1917. p. 10. 
  3. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 171.